New Orleans has a style and swagger all its own, there’s no place in the world that could rival it for warmth, hospitality and a nonstop party. Many of us started to equate NOLA to Vegas on steroids. It’s a never-ending kaleidoscope of culture, people, food and music. What better place in the world to bring together an eclectic mix of PF bloggers?
Fincon14 was my first ever-personal finance conference and it didn’t disappoint. I came with no expectations and left inspired, renewed and ready to achieve some serious kick ass financial goals. After all, I’ve been doing this debt repayment thing for over two years now; in the back of my mind I know it should be gone – eliminated completely. We all have our financial struggles and I have most certainly had many. It takes time to adapt to a budget, to altering your financial mindset, but the key is to NEVER GIVE UP. We’re all human and it is our failures that bring out the best in us to strive for more.
I had the opportunity to meet many of the PF bloggers that I speak to online and one clear theme in our conversations was judgment. As PF bloggers, we are often open to an extreme level of judgment from the world. We are seemingly expected to be financially perfect, and if we aren’t, apparently we shouldn’t be writing about finance at all. This is complete bullshit, a flawed sense of logic. For starters, no one and I mean no one is perfect. We don’t all get it right the first; second or sometimes third go round. We all make mistakes. Every one of us bloggers puts it out there at the get go that we are not financial professionals, nor are we experts; we’re offering our personal financial stories to help our audience/readers avoid similar mistakes. To help others learn. We’re not demanding you follow our way of thinking; we are offering help because we want to give back. We want you to achieve more with your finances.
Think of it – if you were in your thirties looking back on your life and saying hey, I wish I had these stories and experiences to read about in my twenties, wouldn’t you want to read them and learn from them? #justsayin
We are not gods.
We are mere mortals.
We strive for the same things as you do, and we have the courage to put ourselves out there – to help you.
Judge us not lest you be judged yourself.
There were so many inspirational messages throughout the conference that resonated with me. The central theme? Believing in you, and being only you.
“When you build the business of you nobody can copy it, it’s 100% original.” Chris Ducker
“People won’t take you seriously until you take yourself seriously” Jeff Goins
I was particularly inspired by Patrice Washington’s story of riches to rags to riches again. She started out with a six figure business and because of the 2009 economic tumble, she lost everything, and hit rock bottom. But being the savvy business woman she was, her financial passion that now included compassion in her repertoire moved her to start Real Money Answers. From there, it’s been the sky’s the limit, including collaborations with Oprah and a spot on the Steve Harvey Show.
Patrice’s main message: Be your most sincere you or everyone will see right through you.
I’m renewed an inspired once again towards creating the positive financial future I know I can create. I’m happy I had the chance to meet the many wonderful people whose blogs I read, those I email and tweet with regularly and the ones who are mentors and offer continued inspiration and ideas.